Doctors by day; rockers at night

Dr. Katherine Cameron, who was Knoxville’s first female urologist, performed with Whiskey Compass on behalf of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Whiskey Compass was the winner in the contest which was decided 70 percent by audience vote and 30 percent by judges.

Talk about seeing doctors in a whole new light! Five local rock and roll cover bands — all featuring area physicians — battled it out this past Saturday at the 15th annual Doc Rock event to raise money for local nonprofits. And, the best part? It was a blast!

The festivities — attended by several hundred fans — were at the Concourse at the International near downtown Knoxville. General admission tickets were only $20 each. But we sprang for the $100 VIP tickets — and we are glad we did. Those tickets provided access to a Buddy’s Bar-B-Q buffet, a less-crowded cash bar and, most importantly, tables with chairs to enjoy the music. For the general admission crowd, it was a standing event.

All five bands were surprisingly good, and the vibe was festive. We recommend this event, a first-time experience for us. But, DO splurge for those VIP tickets!

Here are Dr. Cameron’s proud parents, Pat and Mark Medley.

Whiskey Compass.

Abigail Jumper is another member of Whiskey Compass.

Dr. Katherine Cameron, left, with her mother, Pat Medley, in the VIP area after her performance.

Alan Carmichael, right, with Mark and Pat Medley.

Leann and Kevin Burris in the VIP section. He is the CEO of Premier Surgical Associates, which was a main sponsor of Doc Rock.

Poor Megan Venable. She was there to cover the event for VIP Knoxville magazine, but she had forgotten to bring her driver’s license to prove her age. Here’s how they designated her as someone who could not purchase alcohol. Sad.

Next band up was No Recall performing for The Muse Knoxville children’s museum. Yep. Anesthesiologists.

Radio man — and former Knox County commissioner — Bob Thomas was the emcee for the evening. He’s here in the VIP section with wife, Kim.

The Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance presents the event. Here are, from left, Jenny Bushkell, a volunteer with the Academy; Ellie Kittrell of The Muse; Knoxville City Councilman Andrew Roberto and his wife, Sarah.

Special thanks to Jenny for giving us these ear plugs. They were lifesavers (actually ear savers).

The music was so loud that we had to communicate by writing notes to one another.

It was an enthusiastic crowd.

The next band, Remedy, played a lot of favorites by the likes of The Zombies, The Human League, Prince and Cheap Trick. Their performance benefited the Interfaith Health Clinic.

From left, Dr. Rebecca Jackson, Jacque Prince and Barbara Crist.

My friend Rey Pineda was one of the judges. He was keeping his strength up for the job at hand by visiting the buffet line.

The fourth band to take the stage was BBS, who was playing for St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic mobile health services.


More BBS.

Cowbells are an important component of “Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones!

Crowd at the stage.

Last band was Dr. Zoster & the Pox, who played for Knoxville Area Project Access.

Dr. Zoster & the Pox.

A little sax never hurt anything!

We’ll conclude with a little taste of the Amy Winehouse hit, “Rehab,” by Dr. Zoster & the Pox:



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10 Responses to Doctors by day; rockers at night

  1. Rusha Sams, on January 28th, 2020 at 2:28 pm said:

    What a fascinating evening with docs rock in’ the night away. I was amused by the note passing from too-loud music (maybe a need for monitoring by audiologists) and Megan’s X’s! Good music for a good cause!

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on January 28th, 2020 at 2:30 pm said:

    Rusha: Maybe we should get a group together and go next year! It was really different and fun.

  3. Wayne Christensen, on January 28th, 2020 at 2:49 pm said:

    What a trip seeing Catherine Medley –once our now-39-year-old son’s baby sitter– as a rocker!!!

  4. Cynthia Moxley, on January 28th, 2020 at 2:53 pm said:

    Wayne: That’s awesome!

  5. Megan Venable, on January 28th, 2020 at 3:58 pm said:

    I woke the next morning with black Xs on my face from sleeping on my hands. It took two days to come off!

  6. Cynthia Moxley, on January 28th, 2020 at 3:59 pm said:

    Megan: Oh, that’s hilarious!

  7. Art Cate, on January 28th, 2020 at 5:24 pm said:

    WayneStock starts Thursday at Relix Theatre. Con Huntley on at 9:00 Friday.

  8. Deborah Sams, on January 28th, 2020 at 5:46 pm said:

    Dr. Zoster and the Pox. I am chuckling right now.
    Love the side stories, like the lady with marks on her hands who forgot her ID. So fun to read this story!

  9. Pat Medley, on January 28th, 2020 at 6:13 pm said:

    Seeing one’s daughter skimpily clad & shaking her booty is a parent’s dream! Ha! It is a fun evening, even for us “oldies”!

  10. Cynthia Moxley, on January 28th, 2020 at 9:22 pm said:

    Art: I am just sick that we are going to be out of town and will miss it.

    Deborah: I know! Haha!

    Pat: Well, at least she is brilliant, talented and gorgeous! We had so much fun!

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